Backstrom game-time decision for Capitals in Game 6 against Penguins

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Backstrom game-time decision for Capitals in Game 6 against Penguins

Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz is hoping the National Hockey League will take action against Jake Guentzel for his high hit on John Carlson late in Game 5 of their playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. "They're a good team".

Just 52 seconds into the third, Vrana found Kuznetsov on a breakaway when Kris Letang ended up on the same side as Brian Dumoulin.

The second period belonged to the Penguins, as they outshot Washington 18-5, and two power-play goals put Pittsburgh back on top.

After looking lethargic for Game 4 in San Jose, the Golden Knights came out refreshed and looking more like the team that won Game 1 by a 7-0 final. One of their bigger collapses in franchise history.

Sidney Crosby has never lost a series against Alex Ovechkin.

"I can tell you how I feel if there's four wins", goaltender Braden Holtby said.

The Golden Knights continued their improbable playoff march, taking a 3-2 series lead over the Sharks with a 5-3 win on Friday.

Mike Sullivan was pleased with the play of the Penguins in Game 5 despite the 6-3 loss to Washington.

The latter point could still very well end up happening, but they enter Monday's Game 6 (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, live stream) in Winnipeg facing a must-win situation, needing to win back-to-back games against a Jets team that has given them fits in their second-round series. The shots on goal in the series are virtually identical (the Predators actually have a 188-179 edge), and it's not like the Predators haven't had their Grade A chances in what has at times been a back-and-forth, run-and-gun matchup.

"Our opponent, anybody who gets their backs against the wall, you get their best game", Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. The Capitals have been getting scoring throughout their lines in the series. He rectified that on the first shift Saturday, putting the first puck on net in the game with a wrist shot 15 feet in front of the net.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Washington Capitals don't need a history lesson.

According to oddsmakers, the Penguins are a -190 favorite to win on the moneyline. The NHL isn't the National Basketball Association.

Washington is 56-37 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 12.9 units this year. In Game 1 they gave up two goals in an eight-minute stretch in the second period that proved to be the difference in a game the Predators absolutely dominated on the shot chart. It would really be a shame should this happen again considering that Ovechkin is one of the best goal scorers of all time. "And regardless if Nick is playing or not, we're confident we can get a win here today".

It all starts at 7 PM EST on NBC Sports Network. Or, will we be talking about another potential choke job by the Caps?

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